§ 41. Use a readable typeface.
Find three sets of court rules that specify different typefaces or point size. Analyze the differences among them. If you're part of a writing group or class, be prepared to report your findings and to discuss which rule might result in more readable court papers.
Find two regulations (state or federal) that contain typeface specifications. Summarize those specifications and their purpose. If you're part of a writing group or class, bring a one-page summary for each colleague.
Find two nonlegal sources that discuss which typefaces are most readable. Retype the most pertinent passages and provide citations. If you're part of a writing group or class, bring a copy for each colleague.
Find authority for the proposition that a sans-serif typeface is often best for headlines, while a serifed typeface is best for text.
© 2001, Bryan A. Garner
These exercises appear in Bryan A. Garner's Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises, published by The University of Chicago Press and available at bookstores and on the Web at www.press.uchicago.edu.